October Advisory: Empathy

October Advisory Plans:

Monday, October 3rd

Today, we are going to transition into October’s global theme of anti-bullying and empathy. This year, we will be focusing in on defining empathy and the skill of being able to look at situations from multiple perspectives.

Let's look at the results of Peace Day 2016

Check out the video Here

Then, think about these things

  1. What did it feel like to participate in or be a part of the activity?

  2. What does it feel like to watch the activity from the outside?

Then, read this article on empathy...


After reading the article, define empathy in your own words. What does it mean to you to empathize with another person?

Wednesday, October 5th

Today, you are going to complete some character dilemmas about empathy.

Using these dilemmas, role play with both scenarios and then reflect on whether it was difficult or easy to look at each situation from a different perspective. Having empathy is being able to experience the feelings of others and identify with how they feel. If you thought it was difficult, empathy may be something you can work on. If you felt it was easy, empathy may come naturally to you.

Character Dilemmas

Monday, October 10th

Today, you will get to see a short presentation about the book drive happening now!

In the meantime, you are going to work on the following activity today and Wednesday:

Empathy on a Global Scale

It is a research activity where y compare the household incomes of different countries. Think about putting yourself in the shoes of people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world. If you want, create visuals to accompany your research. This activity could take longer than today, so it will be the plan for today and Wednesday.

Wednesday October 12th

Complete the research activity from Monday. Which statistics could you empathize with the most. Some statistics are harder to empathize with than others, why do you think this is?

Wednesday October 19th

Let’s talk about nonverbal communication and empathy! Start with a discussion about how non-verbal communication relates to developing empathy by learning how to pick up on others nonverbal cues. Attached is a document with some information from Daniel Goleman about types of nonverbal communication and how it relates to having empathy. Daniel Goleman wrote “Emotional Intelligence”. Once you have had a chance to discuss the types of nonverbal cues, try one or both of the games on the second page of the document.

Understanding Others

If there’s time, respond to this question: How can learning to read nonverbal cues in others help me have empathy?

Empathy Challenge For Home:

Practice empathizing with your parents: Each day ask your parents how they feel about a different issue. Examples: family rules, money, working, the easiest or best part about raising kids, the hardest/worst part about raising kids, current events, their hopes and dreams for your future. Do this for 5 days and listen to what they say without interrupting or arguing. Do you know your parents any better now? Were you able to see their point of view on certain issues? Can you understand where they’re coming from and why?